General Education and High-Impact Practice Workshops
Wednesday, March 1, 9:00 am -12:00 pm (Halle Room 111)
Friday, March 3, 1:00 to 4:00pm (Halle Room 111)
Participants need only to attend one session. Register by February 27, 2017 at 5pm.
Presented by Darlene Leifson (CMTA, General Education Faculty Fellow) and John Koolage (Interim Director, General Education)
Why Should You Attend This Workshop?
The seminar is intended to build knowledge about AAC&U's model for liberal learning and to bring like-minded individuals together to promote and strengthen a climate for impactful, 21st-century liberal learning at EMU.
In this three hour seminar participants will:
1) become familiar with the American Association of Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U) model of liberal education, as well as with theoretical rationales and research support for high-impact practices (hour one);
2) learn about EMU's institutional initiative to promote, strengthen, and scale liberal education and HIPs through a panel discussion (hour two); and
3) determine how to strengthen their own practices and programs through a self-evaluative, "next-step" activity.
All participants will have access to a Canvas shell with AAC&U and seminar resources. We anticipate enthusiastic participation and invite participants to register by the deadline to secure one of 25 available seats for each session. At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will have a chance to will a door prize to receive additional materials (books, etc.) and publications from AAC&U.
In an era of increasing public scrutiny of higher education, its purposes and practices, the need to understand and advocate for the value of 21st-century liberal education and high-impact educational practices (HIPs), like first-year experiences and undergraduate research, is essential. Liberal education is an approach to learning that empowers and prepares students to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides broad knowledge of the wider world as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings (http://www.aacu.org/). High-impact practices are educational activities that lead to higher levels of student performance, learning, and development for all students. HIPs have a demonstrated ability to provide significant educational and personal gains for underserved students.